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How the EEOC Fights Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities

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Attorney Courtney King received her juris doctor from University of Louisville. A lawyer with membership in the American Bar Association, Courtney King also belongs to its Labor and Employment Section. In her practice as an attorney, she ensures her clients with disabilities receive full protection provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ADA is an act that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all aspects of life, including employment. The Department of Labor enforces this law and provides information on the law through its Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Moreover, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is another federal agency that helps enforce the ADA in order to prevent discrimination in employment.

The EEOC performs many functions in order to prevent employment discrimination against persons with disabilities. The commission offers outreach, education, and technical assistance, all in an effort to curb discrimination. In addition, it has the authority to investigate cases alleging discrimination on the part of the employer. These fact-finding investigations research if discrimination has indeed taken place. If discrimination has been proven to have occurred, the commission attempts to settle the charge. However, if more investigation is needed to establish that discrimination has indeed occurred, they have the authority to file lawsuits to protect the public’s interest.

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Understanding EEOC and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Based in Indianapolis, Courtney King is an attorney with Ice Miller, LLP. In her work as an attorney, Courtney King often takes on administrative proceedings heard before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Established a half century ago, the EEOC is a federal agency tasked with investigating complaints related to discrimination based on factors such as color, race, religion, age, gender, and disability.

Disability discrimination is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and requires that employers reasonably accommodate those with physical or mental impairments, so long as it does not entail significant expense or difficulty.

EEOC regulations against discrimination extend to hiring and firing, as well as job assignments, training, and benefits. Also covered under the ADA are serious incidents of harassment related to disabilities that make the working environment hostile or challenging. In cases where ADA violations may have occurred, it is important to contact a lawyer experienced in the area of labor and employment law.